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Secret Service: Twice as Many WH Barrier Jumpers as Disclosed

Secret Service: Twice as Many WH Barrier Jumpers as Disclosed
A US Secret Service Uniformed Division officer and his K-9 dog patrol the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 November 2014 10:18 AM

The Secret Service acknowledges that there were more than double as many barrier-jumping incidents at the White House over the last five years than it had previously disclosed, the Washington Examiner reported.

The agency provided a full account to Congress on Friday about the incidents, most of which were breaches of lower barriers rather than the main fence. The documents show the difficulty of protecting the White House.

The latest disclosures come after the incident in September that saw a knife-wielding man jump the White House fence and make his way as far as the East Room before being stopped.

A congressional investigation into the incident and mounting political criticism led to the resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson. At the time, Pierson testified that there had only been 16 fence-jumpers in the last five years.

Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy disclosed to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday that there were 10 fence-jumpers over five years and an additional 30 who crossed less-permanent barriers, the Examiner reported.

According to the Examiner, there were 10 separate occurrences of someone scaling the fixed security fencing around the complex. An additional 30 incidents were the result of people crossing informal barriers, such as "bike racks" or police tape, around the compound and the buildings around the White House.

In addition, there were seven circumstances when people entered restricted areas of the White House without authorization, including the three people who gained entry to a State dinner in 2009.

And in 2014, there were four incidents of people jumping over the White House North fence line, most recently on Oct. 22 when a jumper attempted to gain access but was immediately stopped by the Secret Service and two guard dogs.

A number of the incidents detailed in the documents involved people suffering from mental illnesses, were drunk or high, or a combination of all three. Several people involved said they were trying to find a shortcut for the Metro system, or they were tourists or protesters who said they did not realize the seriousness of crossing temporary barriers.

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The Secret Service acknowledges that there were 40 barrier-jumping incidents at the White House over the last five years, more than double the number it had previously disclosed, the Washington Examiner reported.
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